Meet The Chamber Staff


Ted Hall - President

After more than 20 years in the newspaper business, including serving as editor of The Shelby Star for four years and publisher for nine, Ted was self-employed in management recruiting when he moved to Belmont in 2005 and began working part-time for the Chamber. The work quickly became a full-time passion. A life-long Tar Heel, he grew up in Rutherford County. He’s married to Freda Tyler Hall and they have two children, Jeremy Hall and Allison Hall Cottingham, both of Belmont, and a grandson Chase Chriscoe.

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Teresa O. Rankin - Vice President 

After 15 years of Chamber experience with the Gaston Chamber of Commerce, Teresa in 2006 became the first executive director of First Things First, a nonprofit service organization in Gaston County. But her love for Chamber work was deep, and when the rapidly growing Montcross Area Chamber was ready to expand to a second full-time staff member, she joined the team in May, 2007. She now works to help local businesses succeed, expand and create jobs in Gaston County. 

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 Julie Bowen - Director of Member Services

Julie Bowen of Belmont brings years of customer and member service experience to her new position as Director of Member Service at the Montcross Area Chamber. A Gaston County native, Julie worked in health care for six years as business manager at ENT Carolina in Gastonia, where she managed the administrative staff among other responsibilities. She also worked previously as program director at Bethesda United Methodist Day School at the Nalle Clinic in Charlotte and at the Gaston Regional Chamber. Julie and her husband John have six children, including two who are grown, two at Belmont Middle School and two at South Point High School. For information on joining the Chamber, information about your Chamber membership or about Chamber events and programs, call Julie at 704.825.5307, ext. 3, or email her at

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